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🗣 Aaron Pressley: "I think Neil MacFarlane will really improve me"

The youngster discusses his move to Brentford B

4 February 2020

Aaron Pressley says it was the chance to work with Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane that helped convince him to make the move from Aston Villa.

Aaron signed for Brentford B after leaving the youth setup at Villa Park and the youngster says he’s looking forward to working under his new coach.

He explained: “I’ve seen Neil work for a long time, he’s worked with my dad (Steven Pressley) and I’ve seen him coach. He’s intense and I think he will really improve me, my fitness, and everything about my game so I’m really looking forward to working with him. He was one of the biggest things that attracted me to come to Brentford.

“I’m buzzing, the move has been in the planning for a couple of weeks and I’m pleased to get it done. It’s a great club, the facilities are great and I’m buzzing to get started.”

The new forward will add competition for places up top for the young Bees and Aaron says he is a player that will work relentlessly for the team.

“I’m a big number nine and I look to bring a focal point to the team and help get the team up the pitch,” said the 18-year-old. “I’ll also run down the channels and work hard for the team and hopefully I can get goals because that’s my job as a striker.”

With the likes of Mads Roerslev, Jaakko Oksanen and Fredrik Hammar all given game time under Thomas Frank in recent weeks, Aaron says the pathway into the first team was something that attracted him to the club a great deal.

He continued: “I know that there is a great pathway to the first team, and I’ve seen a lot of players come through from the B Team to the first team. It’s a great opportunity, I’ve seen a lot of games against foreign teams and other men’s teams around the country so I think that will improve me massively. To play against men’s teams is the test that I need as a big striker, and if I want to play in the top leagues then I will need to be physical and play against these types of players.

“I watched the FC Ferreiras’ game and the intensity and the pressing of the team was something I’ve not experienced so far, and I think that will improve me as a player and help me get chances further up the pitch. The lads look fit, so I’ll have to get myself up to speed.

“I want to establish myself within this team, get into the starting XI and get some goals. I want to push myself into the first team manager’s thoughts.”


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